Laughter, inspiration, and a little well-placed cathartic rage — we return to our theaters with a 2021-2022 season that embraces all of those and more as we reckon with the past 18 months and look toward the future. The plays scheduled for our season explore how to make art in a way that honors our artists and expresses hope for a stronger way forward for our community, including our beloved audience members. We can’t wait to get started!
Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 youth, students, and seniors, and can be purchased in advance online at the Fine Arts Center Box Office or by calling 1-413-545-2511.
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Oct 15, 16, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Rand Theater
"You're dying, Everybody. And you're dying alone."
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play, written before the pandemic, proves a prophetic boon in bringing an audiences an opportunity to deal with the fear and grief that we will probably still carry long after we put away our masks. EVERYBODY offers a funny and cathartic confrontation with Death (who is just trying to do their job, after all) through an adaptation of a 14th century morality play. Death comes for Everybody on what should have just been a fun night at the theater, and Everybody must confront the limits of friendship, family love, material comfort, and the human body itself in an attempt to determine the one thing that they can bring with them as they leave this world.
Content advisory: Strong language, discussions of death
by Clare Barron
Directed by Dawn Monique Williams
Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Rand Theater
Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at Nationals in Tampa Bay. An ensemble of dancers of different ages, races, ethnicities, body types, and gender presentations examines the challenges and triumphs of growing up in this play about ambition, coming of age, and finding one’s soul in the heat of it all. Dance Nation interrogates what “womanhood” is, and embodies a powerful release of rage, joy and liberation.
Content Advisory: Nudity, gore, coarse language, depictions of self-harm, simulated masturbation and descriptions of masturbation, sex and sexual violence
SPRING SEMESTER OPENING SHOW TBA
Shhhh! It's a secret. We're not yet allowed to share the title and details of our spring semester opening production. Check back later this semester for the announcement.
Feb. 25, March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Curtain Theater
OLVIDADOS: A MEXICAN AMERICAN CORRIDO
by Elisa Gonzales
Presented in partnership with Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble (www.breathoffire.org).
Directed by Sara Guerrero
Musical arrangement and composition by Moises Vázquez
April 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Curtain Theater
Inspired by the classic structure of a corrido, a traditional Mexican song style that draws on storytelling, folklore, and oral history, Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido, is a new, musically-driven, theatrical re-imagining of the many untold stories of the Mexican Repatriation of the Great Depression, where over one million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were illegally and unconstitutionally deported, or repatriated to Mexico. We see the Repatriation and its effects unfold through the eyes of four women, including the playwright’s grandmother and great-grandmother, who were repatriated to Mexico in 1931, the effects of which still echo through the Mexican-American community today.
Content advisory: Use of racial slurs, and discussion of a child’s death
FRINGE FEST ‘22
A celebration of varied projects, featuring UMass New Play Lab
To be presented April 21 to May 1 at multiple venues, details to be announced
One festival, dozens of pieces to view. Every year, in classes and indie productions, our students, faculty, and staff explore so much theater. This year, we’re gathering them all into a festival of low and no-cost events showcasing everything from outrageous experimental work to shining new voices to expertly-rendered productions of classic scenes. The Fringe Fest will be anchored by our UMass New Play Lab, a graduate student-driven project that explores various facets of new play development. This year, a collective of graduate students from various theater disciplines will collaborate to cultivate brand-new work in a nimble and flexible process that’s responsive to the needs of each individual project.
Tickets go on sale soon!
Tickets will go on sale in September through the Fine Arts Center Box Office and will be available at the door of our events.
$15 general admission, $5 youth, students, and seniors
Fringe Festival will include events with discounted or free admission, details to be announced as dates approach
Subscription and group discounts available. Please note: because Fringe events are still being set and will have varying price points, Fringe Fest '22 is not part of any subscription package.
UMass Theater follows UMass campus closing policy. If campus is closed for weather or other emergencies, please visit our website or contact the box office for further information.
MASKING AND ILLNESS POLICIES
UMass Amherst's 2021-22 policy requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated. Until further notice, all visitors to UMass Theater in-person performances and events must wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.
If you are experiencing any possible COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive, or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive, please do not attend. Please contact the FAC Box Office for ways that you can exchange your ticket for another performance during this semester, donate the cost of your ticket, or receive a refund.
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